According to the Canadian Press, Jaden Schwartz has been named captain for Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Calgary and Edmonton that starts Boxing Day.
Schwartz, a winger, is one of four returning players who are seeking redemption this time around. Last season Team Canada had a 3-0 lead heading into the third period of the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship Gold medal game in Buffalo, New York, only to lose 5-3 to Russia.
Last year, Schwartz broke his left ankle during the tournament and only was able to play just over one game where he scored one goal and two assists. The 19 year-old native of Melfort, Saskatchewan also experienced personal turmoil in the last calendar year, as his 23 year-old sister Mandi died of leukemia in April. Mandi also played hockey, as she was attending the University of Yale, and was considered one of Canada’s rising talents in the women’s game.
Schwartz, is the only player on Team Canada that plays in the NCAA, as he can be found suiting up regularly for Colorado College. Schwartz is also a first round pick, 14th overall, by the St. Louis Blues in 2010.
Canada opens their quest for Gold Monday in Edmonton against Finland.